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The last weeks I’ve been busy going to interviews for a college course and going to see various medical specialists and doing lots of tests. It isn’t enough, you see, for a doctor to diagnose me as having Asthma and therefore unable to work as a carpenter: I have to officially have Asthma and therefore be unable to work as a carpenter.

That established, I applied for the course, and was accepted, then the hard part: getting the Job Centre to agree to fund this. You’d think that was easy as they have put me on the retraining programme, they have acknowledged that the specialist lung doctor says I can’t be a carpenter, and they recommended the course in the first place, but the Job Centre is a bit like being stuck in an absurdist play and you never know what is coming next. After much telephoning and emailing I got a call from the Job Centre (retraining department) yesterday: they were happy, I could start in April. Finally, I thought. Then last night I read the email: the the Job Centre (retraining department) was in favour, but they don’t fund the course (which makes me wonder what they are there for) the funding has to be approved by the Job Centre (funding department), an organisation that makes absurdist theatre look like a beacon of sanity and common sense.

I’ll be told more on Monday… Hopefully